Trying to set up a way to communicate with family in the event of a natural or otherwise disaster here in the PNW. 1. I've read that text messages can make it thru when all else cell phone commications can't? 2. When local cell is over loaded, it's best to contact someone out of State to relay messages back into your local area to you loved ones? Any opinons on this please? Edit: I have a Ham license but I am the only one in my family.